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    So I was running an errand the other day and saw a nice, big green Estate Sale sign and thought, "Well maybe I'll just drop by on my way back home." It's been years since I went to an Estate Sale and my life has different priorities than in years past with a family now. So I venture in and an impressed by the sheer quantity of "stuff" they have there. The garage was fool of tools, some practically new and of course tons of household stuff and kitchenware. Upstairs, I made my way into the office. The place was crowded with people and I suddenly remembered why I stopped going to Estate Sales. I peeked in the closet since the other side was just too busy. In it was a bookshelf with tons of early 80s computer manuals and some software. Full volumes of Database software, LOTUS 1-2-3, etc. Then I saw 3 binders with "Attache" and "User Guides" printed on them. "Score!" I actually bought an Attache back in like 2013. I had no software for it, so I could just run it in terminal mode. I thought that if there were binders, then maybe, just maybe, there could be some software. I ventured to the other side of the room. Voila! Several containers of Otrona Attache software along with miscellaneous CP/M and DOS disks. I was under some time constraints, so I was just about to head to the door when I saw something in the corner of my eye. An actually Attache computer, just sitting there. It was in suitcase mode and upright, so people must have just walked right by it all morning probably thinking it was a sewing machine or something. Upon a quick inspection, I could tell this was one of the 8:16 models with the 8086 coprocessor expansion board installed to function as an IBM compatible in addition to a CP/M machine. I grabbed it and walked downstairs and over to the front to pay. I asked how much for all this stuff and told them they all go together. He responded, "How's $30?". Yeah, that was the easiest buy of my life.

    The next morning I drove back there as it is only a few minutes drive from me. I wanted to make sure I got everything relating to it. I am sure glad I went back. I found 3 more containers of disks and tons of manuals and additional boxes of software. There was even a framed disk and serial plate that I am sure must have some backstory. Perhaps I will try to contact the person listed on the old business card attached to it.

    Here are some pictures of the haul. Amazing stuff. There is still much more there if any locals want to go there. Mostly DOS manuals and a bunch of programming books on BASIC and PASCAL. I can't wait to get some more time to play with all of this. I'd also love to archive some of the software that is not online already. Lots of local user group stuff.









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    Very nice! I love how those Otronas look like something off the set of Space 1999.

    How much of the software is Otrona Attache specific?

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    Would be interesting to know who this was.
    There must be a Don Maslin / San Diego Computer Society connection there.

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    Excellent setup! They are neat machines indeed, RetroHacker_ has mine nowadays. Very advanced design for its time.

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    I know someone not far from here who has one has well. Given how he does not shut up about it, the power supplies are supposedly not the best.
    = Excellent space heater

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    Very nice! I love how those Otronas look like something off the set of Space 1999.

    How much of the software is Otrona Attache specific?
    I believe there were about 35 disks with "Otrona" or "Attache" specifically called out on the label. This disk could be significant:



    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
    Would be interesting to know who this was.
    There must be a Don Maslin / San Diego Computer Society connection there.
    This was the estate of Russ Oyler.
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    Nice find! If you discover that you have duplicates of any of the official Otrona manuals, I might be interested.

    Does your machine have the optional 8086 coprocessor board installed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mloewen View Post
    Nice find! If you discover that you have duplicates of any of the official Otrona manuals, I might be interested.

    Does your machine have the optional 8086 coprocessor board installed?
    Yes, it does have the 8086 coprocessor board along with a IEEE-488 parallel port connected to it. I wonder just how compatible it was. Some of the disks mention source codes for 8086 MS DOS 2.11. I may have duplicate documents and/or disks. I still need to examine it all, perhaps this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    Very nice! I love how those Otronas look like something off the set of Space 1999.
    The ADDS Envoy is the computer that gives me that Space 1999 feel.


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